MEDIA: What the Papers say; Names take cover to avoid nuclear fallout

Heads, particularly those with names, were kept securely below the parapet as the British Energy privatisation peaked.

Heads, particularly those with names, were kept securely below the

parapet as the British Energy privatisation peaked.



The company disclosed that cracks had appeared in two of the eight

reactors they were selling off just two hours after the share issue

closed, prompting cries of ‘foul play’ by Labour. British Energy

maintained the anonymity of its spokespeople as cracks appeared in what

had hitherto been a fairly solid campaign.



Enery minister Tim Eggar popped his head up briefly over the weekend to

pronounce himself ‘delighted’ with the sale, but he found few other

supporters.



Labour and environmental pressure groups failed to orchestrate a

response and it was left to campaigning journalists such Ben Laurance in

the Observer to highlight ‘the incompetence with which state assets are

hustled into the private sector’. Regarding investors’ financial

prospects, one analyst predicted the issue would be a ‘total lemon’ in

the Guardian.



Evaluation and analysis by Carma International. Cuttings supplied by

Standard Press Analysts. ‘What The Papers Say’ can also be found at:

http//www.carma.com/carma



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